Underground (Unbelievers, pDialogue forget ital you re on your own The dialogue is run into the giant The Letters and Lessons of Teddy Roosevelt for His Sons paragraphs asart of the ongoing flow and the lines of dialogue are not separated by anything helpful like he said or she said and not even by full stops only commas maybe there was a full stop shortage in Portugal in the late 1980s I never heard about that you might think it would have made the news Crates of full stops are still being held up at Lisbon airport as the dispute enters its 9th week Anyway these stylistic choices make the reading a whole lot annoying and turgid than it might be AUTHOR VERSUS READER DING DING ROUND TWOAs well as being an old fart the narrator is a misogynist Joseph wondered if he should ask Mary if the ains were still there but in the end said nothing for we must not forget that this whole rocess is unclean from the moment of impregnation until the moment of birth that horrific female organ vortex and abyss the seat of all the world s evils an inner labyrinth blood sweat discharges gushing waters revolting afterbirth dear God how can you The Purposeful Graduate permit Your beloved children to be born from such impurity WORLD S MOST BORING MAN A FEW EXAMPLES In the firstlace there are Samaritans and Samaritans which means that even at that time one swallow was not enough to make a summer one needed two that is to say two swallows rather than summers Inscriptions for Headstones provided there is a fertile male and female and they have offspring Suddenly a beggar appeared at the yard gate a somewhat rare occurrence in this village whereeople were Thailand's Sickest - Hell To Pay poor a fact unlikely to have escaped the begging fraternity which had a nose forlaces where there were rich Huumetsaarin jouluyö pickings for the asking and this was certainly not the case here As forossessions the only thing Joseph and Job had in common was the number of sons Job had seven sons and three daughters while Joseph had seven sons and two daughters giving the carpenter the advantage of having Retail. De digitale hysterie voorbij put one woman less into the world And there s no denying that it is one thing to feed two mouths then a third even if only indirectly during the first year and uite another to find oneself saddled with a houseful of children who demand and food once they start growing This narrator even knowserfectly well how dull he is Four years hence Jesus will meet God This unexpected revelation which is Η γραφομηχανούλα - Nietzsche ex Machina probablyremature according to the rules of effective narration mentioned earlier is simply intended to repare the reader for some everyday scenes from astoral life which will add little of substance to the main thread of our story thus excusing any reader who might be tempted to jump ahead WAIT COULD IT BE THAT THIS NARRATOR IS SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE A VILLAGE ELDER FROM THE PERIOD THAT WOULD EXPLAIN ALL THE BORING RAMBLINGBut no this logical explanation is wrecked by comments like the following It may seem wholly inappropriate to The Bias of Communication put the complex theories of modern thinkers into the head of a Palestinian who lived so many years before Freud Jung Groddeck and Lacan appeared on the scene the only reason why that same Goliath did not become a basketballlayer is because he was born before his timeMaybe this narrator is deliberately unstable unpindownable That would be a nice copout for Jose Yes it doesn t make too much sense but that s all calculated Why Er I dunno THIS NOVEL MIGHT BE A TONGUE IN CHEEK ATHEIST SATIRE ON RELIGIONBecause the concept of God as dished out by the old fart narrator is ridiculously rimitive It appears that in this world God has to negotiate his turf with other gods and also in this world if you are ill it is because you have sinned Both these ideas can be found in the Bible of course but at least by the time of Jesus Jewish thought had evolved to the oint where they believed that there were no other Gods except the one God Here s a few things the narrator says about God For in truth there are things God himself does not understand even though he created themAs God warned Eve after she sinned I will greatly multiply your suffering and your conception in sorrow you will bring forth children and after centuries of sorrow and suffering God is not yet appeased and the agony goes onAt that time life was hard "for the oor and God could not be expected to rovide everyone Jesus interrogates Him at one oint Being "the and God could not be expected to rovide for everyone Jesus interrogates Him at one 4000 Meilen durch die USA: Meine Reise zu den großen Fragen des Lebens point Being You must know everythingUp to a certainoint only up to a certain Interior Designs: An Adult Coloring Book with Beautifully Decorated Houses, Inspirational Room Designs, and Relaxing Modern Architecture pointWhatoint is thatThe Gläsern point where it starts to become interesting toretend that I know nothing So sometimes it s like this is all clearly a cheeky satire on religion and sometimes the intractable concepts of God salvation sin and so on are Detention of Doom presented as hardainful fact THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOSE SARAMAGONote sort of spoilers followThe version of the story of Jesus we get here is a whole different thing from the actual gospels The single event which dominates the first half of the book is something which is mentioned in only one Gospel Matthew and dismissed in three verses the Massacre of the Innocents When Herod realised that he had been outwitted by the Magi he was Innocents When Herod realised that he had been outwitted by the Magi he was and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old or under Joseph discovers Herod s intention rescues Mary and his own infant son Jesus and after they make it back to Nazareth he is consumed by terrible remorse why did he not warn the families of Bethlehem when he could Why did he selfishly only rescue his own child When Jesus learns about this he believes he takes on his father s guilt and he becomes obsessed He leaves his family aged 13 and joins up with a shepherd then later with some fishermen where he discovers he has magical Fromentin powers over fish yes I am not making this up Saramago is basing it on one of the gospel miracles But in this book Jesus makes his living for four years by controlling the fish in the Sea of Galilee Then Jesus meets Mary Magdalene arostitute and they fall in love and start travelling round together as man and wife He encounters God a couple of times and finally gets God to tell him that he is God s one and only Son and that God has a task for him which is to die a martyr s death so that his followers can spread the word And what is the Punishing My Slutty Little Sister point of it all To help me become God ofeople says God I thought Blindness was a stone 5 star classic in which the difficult narration Blood+: Russian Rose, Volume 2 perfectly mirrored the desperate difficultlight of the characters but this Gospel just struck me as very loopy and robably not worth the amount of concentration reuired to lough through all the unrelenting density What I like the most about this day 8 of March in case GR Friedrich Barbarossa (Gestalten Des Mittelalters Und Der Renaissance) (German Edition) posts a different date on this text which is a great day as any other day to live is that from early morning following my dailyath on the strolling alleys that is on the ground but also under ground that is by metro I have been hit by groups and groups of men each carrying in their arms a big bucket of flowers thin flowers but very beautiful with lots of Blasphemy the exploitation of religious imagery andor language to serve an anti religious urpose Kitsch oor taste turned into artistic valueSaramago s book is both It s blaspheme and kitsch somewhere between Monty Python s Brian of Nazareth and the Arian heresy of the 4th century It s not overtly anti religious since any book related to Jesus Christ is related to a whole system of thought that like it or not goes far beyond the historical anthropological literary approach either you believe or not you can t talk about God deity eschatology without venturing into a desert full of metaphysical temptations through which a million generations have tried to find their way As for me. About the meaning of Christianity and the Church as an institution Translated by Giovanni Pontiero. ,
Cted them just to let them know as a good Christian I assume how blasphemous was to name the devil astor It took me 30 minutes to explain that erson that Pastor does not means riest but rather it comes from the Latin word astor meaning shepherd Now did he use the word shepherd on urpose Yes what is the devil but a shepherd of men leading them to hell just as Jesus is a fisherman of men In the book Pastor is the most humanitarian the repented so repented that when asked to be forgiven a clear distinction between right and wrong has to be made so God decides not to forgive him because what is a good God without evil Saramago decides there cannot be one without the otherThe characters in the book are fascinating my Jesuits friends and I laughed and enjoy this book There were no doubts in our head by the end of the book We did not feel like it shook our religion or affected the way we Learn English: A Beginner's Guide for ESL Learners perceived God This book was after all under fiction so everyone that is easily offended stay away from this book and stop complaining about blasphemy and crying around like little kids Saramago is a Nobelrice winner and foremost a grown man that is entitled to his own opinions This one of his finest if not the best of his book in my opinion a must read Or Adolescent Jesus as Imagined by a Brilliant Authorial AtheistThat s unfair and reductive however Jose Saramago is an atheist and the book does explore the Who Is Gloria Steinem? parts of Jesus life that mosteople retend didn t exist early adolescence to just before the time when he knew he had Messianic Son of God Superpowers while at the same time gently but firmly uestioning the nature of God divinity religious fervor manifesting itself as the oppression of others bizarre religious ritual and religious hypocrisy The familiar Biblical story arc of Mary and Joseph s ilgrimage to Bethlehem for a census begins the story though Saramago uickly dispenses with any notion that Mary was a virgin she also has in uick succession many other children after Jesus birth Both of these oints of course are regarded as highly sacredcontroversial in most Church law it is essential that the Mother of God be stripped of her sexuality and it has long been denied mostly by the Catholic church that Mary gave birth to any other children besides Jesus Throughout the novel Jesus uestions himself his status as the son of God the idea that he may be the Messiah of the Jewish eople and even God s own divine lan revealed to Jesus as a stunning display of hubris arrogance and selfishness but always remains steadfast in his devotion to Mary Magdalene with whom he lives freely and openly in a sexual relationship outside the bonds of marriage and whom he treats as eually as any man The book makes clear from age one the wretchedly inferior status of women in ancient Judaic timesSaramago Corazones solitarios points out something that many modern Christians tend to forget in their re branding of God as a benevolent FatherProtectorWish Granter the God of the ancient Jews and the Old Testament was a completerick If God singled you out for his special attention that was just as frightening as his anger toward you He Napříč nekonečnem pissed in Job s facelayed keep away with Moses and the Promised Land turned Lot s wife into a illar of salt simply for showing a bit of momentary concern for her neighbors and totally Punk d Abraham about that whole son sacrificing thing with all the eual amounts of jealousy and wrath that Old Testament God is famous forOf course Satan makes an appearance as a character but Saramago fashions him as a much interesting multifaceted figure ossessed of depth humor and erhaps not as evil as he s often cast He and God are osited to be old friends not necessarily enemies and in a co dependent relationship of sorts in an arrangement to Now Pitching, Bob Feller: A Baseball Memoir preserve the othersower A very morallyreligiously complex and long chapter is devoted to this balance of Variance (Raise Your Weapon, power and for me was the climax of the novel while God is telling Jesus of the horrific events that will occur in his name Saramago devotes fourages of God s dialogue to alphabetically listing the names of martyred saints and the graphically violent ways in which they were killed for their belief The Mermaid prose is beautiful but Saramago s authorial imprint and style is his distinct lack of uotation marks in dialogue and lack ofaragraph breaks during dialogue between characters It can be difficult to follow articularly in situations with than two characters speaking This is highly recommended for believers and non believers alike This sad and familiar story makes for a challenging read "the relationship with mary magdalene is a nice "relationship with Mary Magdalene is a nice The conversation in the boat in the mist between god the boat in the mist between God Jesus and the devil is very bold The devil gets the best line I myself can see things in the future but I m not always certain if what I see there is true or false in others words I can see my lies for what they are my truths but I don t know to what extent the truths of others are their lies And Jesus said unto him No man having ut his hand to the lough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God Luke 962Jos Saramago ut his hand to the uill and looked back He looked back deep into the After Effects Expressions pastthought when all is said and done as others and we ourselves have observed before is like a great ball of thread coiled around itself loose inlaces taut in others inside our head It is impossible to know its full extent one would have to unwind and then measure it but however hard one tries or retends to try this cannot be done without assistance One day someone will come and tell us where to cut the cord that ties man to his navel and thought to its originJos Saramago is exactly that someone He came to retell us the greatest story of all times and to ut our thoughts straight or at least to make them less wryhuman words are like shadows and shadows cannot explain light and between shadow and light stands the opaue body from which words are bornWho is Jesus Is he god or man Or did he get stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea For God he is just a cat s aw and for Devil he is just a decoy He tries to set rules but he is just a toy layed in a higher heavenly gamesforgetting is all too easy that is lifeIn the end any actual human life becomes forgotten and sinks into oblivion And only myths and legends are eternal I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SLIP SOME BENZEDRINE INTO THIS GUY S COFFEEThis is a very Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities, Volume I peculiar novel I m not uite sure what the hell it is Some of it reads like deleted scenes from Monty Python s Life of Brian Now be off with you said God for I have work to do and can t stay here chatting all dayOrMary Is there anyroof that it was the Lord s seed which engendered my first born Angel Well it s a delicate matter and what you re demanding is nothing less than a Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of Ancient Egypt paternity test The rest of it is a whole lot of mumbling bumbling fumbling irritating rambling moaning groaning huffing anduffing by a narrator who appears to be some ancient old codger who is a shoo in for the world finals of the Most Boring Man in the World contest And the rewrite of the familiar tale of Jesus is so comprehensive that half way through the book Jesus is only 13 and two thirds through he is still only 18 So it s very different AUTHOR VERSUS READER DING DING ROUND ONEIs there any need for this or are we in the land of Twisted Pathways pretentious literary wankery Jose Saramago serves us up massive slabs of undifferentiatedrose Die Powenzbande. Zoologie einer Familie page afterage he ends a Stop Thinking Like a Freelancer: The Evolution of a $1M Web Designer paragraph with extreme reluctance it s likeulling teeth with Jose it s like asking John Lee Hooker to change chords Every aragraph is one or two ages long As for indicators of. Ering of the life of Christ and a beautiful novel Saramago' s tale has sparked intense discussion. ,
This is a bold fearless work and definitely not for the faint hearted readers I am not surprised that when this was originally ublished in 1991 it created lots of controversies with the Catholic Church condemning Jose Saramago for harboring anti religious vision and his own Portuguese government asking the European Literary Prize to remove this from its shortlist because of the book s offensive content to religion Despite this book s existence Saramago won the 1998 Nobel Prize for LiteratureThis is my third Saramago Blindness Double were my others and my fourth book in what seems to be an unnamed genre re telling of the life of Jesus Christ Last year I read The Last Temptation of Christ 1960 by Nikos Kazantzakis and Christ the Lord Out of Egypt 2005 and Christ the Lord The Road to Cana 2008 by Anne Rice In my book Temptation came first and I am glad I read it first so the idea of twisting the canons by a mere mortal who lived in our generation is not new translation not shocking For me Anne Rice s books now seem to be just afterthoughts of these two worksBut why re tell the life of Jesus Christ Because of the mysterious gap in his younger years Because of the weakening fate of the believers Because and The Family-Centered Library Handbook people are now turning into atheism or other religions This depends on what we believe or what each of us was taught to believe when we were younger However since this book is about the life of Jesus Christ who s being venerated by than half of theeople in the world then I don t want to dwell on religion I am leaving this kind of discussion on faith to some other forums like my review on my long staying currently read book The Holy Bible Revised Standard Edition that I started reading in September last year and currently in The Book of Ezekiel and hope to finish all books before the end of this yearI icked this book because I loved the two works of Saramago Also it is Lenten Season and I thought that a Nobel laureate like him would not blaspheme aint false The Magic Flute pictures or mock Jesus Christ Yes he did those in this book I almost wanted to say that this should rather be called The Gospel According to Jose Saramago but for me it is disrespectful to a great mind like him After all he is already dead was an atheist and a writer so it is not nice for a mere literary enthusiast like me to criticize a deaderson who can no longer defend himself argue with his beliefs as he did not believe on any god and said to be a Not For Mothers Only pessimist and he can invokeoetic devise twisting facts for the sake of telling a grappling story In other words he had or has all the right to come up with a work like this and his cries for oppression due to censorship when the Portuguese government or the Catholic Church called for banning of this are in my opinion all uncalled for Jesus having sex with Mary Magdalene in the whorehouse without the blessing of marriage The demon asking Jesus to use a sheep for sexual release An angel Shanghai Performance posing as a beggar during the Annunciation scene The same beggar angel walking with Mary to Bethlehemrovoking jealousy to the doubting Joseph Three shepherds instead of 3 kings visiting the family in the Bethlehem Joseph crucified and dying on the cross mistaken as a zealot Jesus seeing God in the desert Jesus riding on the boat with the God and the Devil These are some of the shocking deviations from the story that Saramago imagined and incorporated to come up with an irreverent Life of Pi profound skeptical funny heretical deeplyhilosophical rovocative and compelling work Source Harold Robbin who says that this is his favorite work of Saramago So far I agreeSo how do you rate a book with a disgusting content yet beautifully written Think J G Ballard s Crash Maruis de Sade s 120 Days of Sodom or Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho or even Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov The first time I read them I was totally disgusted and hated them to the max Now I realized I missed THE WHOLE POINT THEY ARE REALLY WRITTEN TO SHOCK whole oint They are really written to shock their authors can bring the message to the tableSo what message does The Gospel According to Jesus Christ want us to realize For me it is beyond further humanizing Jesus Christ It is what choices regardless whether he is man god or a their combination he had before he said yes to his Father for being the sacrificial lamb to ropagate Christianity in the world But than the message one thing that I enjoyed reading this book is its storytelling style Many arts are totally hilarious and that style when Saramago directly addressing the reader and he opens your thought by throwing contemporary works and hilosophy is just awesome I have never seen "this in any of the works of novelists whose books I so far "in any of the works of novelists whose books I so far I am rating this with a 4 I really liked it but will robably not recommend this to anyone I d rather that they decide for themselves If they are as open minded as my friend and reading buddy Angus then I would say go If not then check how strong is your faith as Saramago can sway you to uestion your long held beliefs It s like having an clever sweet talker and well read atheist in your Bible reading group come one Sunday and he starts uestioning what is written in the gospel but he is not obnoxious because he knows what he is talking about If you are still in Cathecism 101 don t ever dare open this book The Vicar was not happy that I was reading Gospel according to Christ for he felt I would lose my faith as though Faith is not a Mary of Nazareth: History, Archaeology, Legends part of your inner being but a handkerchief one misplaces oh so casuallyI am glad I disobeyed him for this book only made me surer of my faithThis book shows Christ in all his Humanity Humanity so naked simple and beautiful that it humbles you to the core of your beingIf I could say to this so very Human Christ Let me but touch the hem of your robe and I would be healed or be whole again Saramago has me at a loss for words yet again I can t decide if this is his best work from what I have read of his but it definitely is at least eual to Blindness and Death with Interruptions I m not a religiouserson so I had no I Want to be a Pilot (Sesame Street I Want to Be Book) problem with the liberties he took in this novel In fact I was blown away by his characterization of Jesus Christ and how he managed to humanize him The writing is alsoure Saramago it bewitches you and doesn t let you go It also feels so effortless he really is a God Speaking of Gods the interaction between Jesus and God is something I don t think I ll be able to forget anytime soon Wow Jose Saramago is atheist This should be enough warning for everyone that desires to read the book It is very explicit and so religion it s exposed at its weakest and God as a character is revealed I come from a Roman Catholic background but I still wanted to read it ever since the Gnostic gospel where Jesus childhood is revealed and he changes from a mischief bad behave kid to the Jesus from the new testament I wanted to see Saramago s take on it Saramago is such a master of words that he makes every bit of faith look totally illogical It does not take long for us to find out that Saramago is extremely sharp at finding all contradictions on roman catholic religion In the novel God seems to be the greediest of all gods the vainer the detach from his Hebrews through Revelation people Detached even from his son as he appeared to him in different shapes only in the meeting at the lake did he appear to him as a man God does not command he orders he tricks his own son into following hislan to the end Ultimately Jesus s betrayal was his last act of martyrdomThe devil is given the name of Pastor This has caused some confusion for English readers When I was reading the book with some Jesuits this erson conta. This is a skeptic' s journey into the meaning of God and of human existence At once an ironic rend. .